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This website is a renovated website of Adyar Gopal Parivar. I am Dr. Mohan G Shenoy inviting you to visit the website to understand the many different families that form this Parivar.
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AN OBSERVATION

MY WIFE THINKS.....  MY JOYOUS AUSTERITY

        If I save the money or give the money to Lalitha (my wife)to save, then neither she nor I would be able to spend it for our personal joy and satisfaction. She might not be able to spend her savings for items that will benefit her because she has no ambitions to show off her richness. One of the joys of being rich is the ability to show it off for every one to see.

        Even if she were to spend the money for gold jewelery, cosmetics, kitchen utensils, domestic appliances, cars, yachts, high rise buildings, two seater planes, then she can not utilise them without my help. It is I who will end up servicing these items for her. You know very well that I have no interest in these things. Even to enjoy a good meal in a posh restaurant, it is I who will have to escort her to the place. It is unfortunate that Lalitha is married to an ascetic like me. I can not change my ascetic nature. She can not divorce me either, because it is too late now.

        My joy lies in the twin objective of austerity in my living and joyous expenditure. One can not live austerely and at the same time spend his money for his personal luxury.

        Although I have created the parivar, the parivar is not my primary objective. It is only a mechanism to spend my surplus for my pleasure and satisfaction without losing my austerity. What I do is the so-called joyous austerity.
         One more thing. The Adyar Gopal parivar is made of people who are not rich in the sense of the word. They are all ordinary people. The richest among them do not attend the meetings. The others who attend the meeting do not come there for begging. They come for some sort of enjoyment that is available by meeting their relatives and for gossip. When I hold the lottery it gives some sort of playful pleasure to all. When I give away small amounts like 5 to 10 dollars to students it only gives them the joy of receiving a gift. The money I give is so small that it can not sustain them even for a day. When the food is served it is only the joy of eating together that is gained. They do not come there for food which they would not get elsewhere.

        It is sad that Lalitha objects to this activity of mine tooth and nail. But I am not perturbed. When I do these things completely voluntarily there is no sadness if I miss it for any reason. I am happy if I can organise a meeting with the cooperation of Lalitha. But if she does not cooperate then I do not hate her for it. I will still manage to get things done without rocking the boat too much.

The only way to stop her from feeling bad is to bring an end to the extra income. But that would be foolish.

(Concluded)
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